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At Newport, 1960
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Muddy Waters at the Newport Jazz Festival. Seems like a match made in heaven! And, indeed, this is a fine live work, featuring some of Waters' greatest hits. One interesting feature is four extra tracks from studio recordings. Three of these are also sung at Newport, so some interesting comparisons can be made.

The band: Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield), vocals and guitar; James Cotton, harmonica; Otis Spann, piano and vocals on "Goodbye Newport Blues"; Pat Hare, guitar; Andrew Stephenson, bass; Francey Clay, drums; Langston Hughes, Emcee and lyrics for "Goodbye Newport Blues."

A few samples of the music. . . .

The lead song is "I got my brand on you." The blues sound from the band is, for want of a better word, exquisite. Classic blues. The opening lines:

"I got my brand on you
There ain't nothin' you can do."

The sound is wonderful.

Then, one of his all-time greats--""I'm your hoochie coochie man." The opening lines--

"The gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born.
You got a boy child comin'
Gonna be a son of a gun."

Once more, great blues licks from guitar and band. Waters' voice is in fine form indeed.

Another classic, "I've got my mojo working." This starts with the rollicking piano work of Otis Spann. Cool lyrics at the outset:

"I've got my mojo working
But it don't work on you."

Another terrific live version of one of his classics.

"Goodbye Newport Blues." Because of a riot, the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival shut down early and was suspended for awhile. Langston Hughes, the poet, jotted some lyrics about the unfortunate close of the event. Otis Spann sang those lyrics in this piece. A couple lines give a sense of the sentiments in the lyrics:

"Oh what a gloomy day in Newport.
Everything is sad, sad, sad."

In the final analysis, this is a satisfying experience. The live songs are played with energy and style. And comparing the live versions with three studio versions is itself an interesting sidebar here. Want to get a sense of Muddy Waters live? This isn't a bad place to check.
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on January 9, 2018
can't say more ....historic
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on March 20, 2018
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on September 10, 2013
I don't care how old this is it is for now just like it was then. If you like blues- get this, if you like live- get this, if you like Muddy- get this. Over 50 years ago the joint was jumping! Hey! Just go ahead and get this!!
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on January 8, 2015
This is a great Muddy Waters album and I am glad to add it to my collection. It all about hearing the great music of the past to truly appreciate what was happening in that era!
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on June 12, 2017
Great live muddy! Rock solid blues from the depths to volcanic peaks!
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on October 3, 2017
Wonderful sound.
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on July 20, 2016
nothing like a Muddy Waters album. Yeah, this is a great one. What a voice! What a guitar player ! A true blues man really on top of his game this day in Newport . The recording is crystal clear.
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on July 2, 2016
Great ! ! !
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on October 30, 2017
Always like the blues...
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